Soler Released

Alay Soler pitching for the New York Mets

Boy do I feel dumb. Over the winter, I thought the Mets should have been after Tony Armas, Jr. for starting pitching depth instead of Chan Ho Park and Aaron Sele. Early in the March, I predicted that Alay Soler would be the surprise of spring training.

Fast forward to the end of June — Armas is hanging on by a thread and Soler has been released. There’s a reason my job is to blog while Omar’s staff gets paid to evaluate baseball talent.

Where will Soler go next? Hard to say, though you’d imagine the Phillies would be interested — they did sign Jose Mesa to a bonafide contract, after all. Perhaps Tampa Bay? In any case, it’s pretty safe to say he won’t be returning to the Mets’ organization … though, you never know.

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  1. sincekindergarten June 30, 2007 at 8:55 am
    Yeah, I’d bet the Phillthies, too. Though, Altoona (Pirates AA team, where he was pitching) isn’t too far from Philly, so they just may know about him and his struggles.
  2. joe June 30, 2007 at 6:03 pm
    Oh wow, forgot about the Cardinals, too. Their rotation is a mess, despite their ability to stymie the Mets offense.